Vol. 9

"LEGO Pirates Have Set Sail!"

By Adam Goswick


With the long awaited and exciting release of Tt Games' "Lego Pirates of the Caribbean", Here is some insight from an interview with Jonathan Smith, Head of production at Tt Games:


1. Aside from being filled to the brim with pirates, what's new in this addition to the LEGO video game series?

We’ve had a ton of fun playing in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the colorful characters in those stories have loads of great new abilities. They can climb, balance and swing around the place in new ways. Jack Sparrow can use his compass to locate surprising hidden objects! Ragetti can take out and throw his eyeball! Bootstrap Bill can merge into the hull of The Flying Dutchman, and emerge somewhere entirely different!


2. One thing that's different about LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is that the game will see new life on the Nintendo 3DS. What was it like developing the game for the glasses-free 3D system? What challenges exist in producing a game intended for 3D that may not exist in developing a game on other platforms?

We’ve loved working on 3DS, and we’re lucky enough to have some incredibly brilliant programmers who, with help from Nintendo, were able to take advantage of glasses-free 3D to create an immediately more immersive new game experience. The challenge was to tune the 3D effect to be both dramatic and comfortable throughout the whole game, and we’re really pleased with the final results.


3. The 3DS also features the new Street Pass system. How will LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean utilize Street Pass?

In Pirate Duel, players pick a character, then select a series of attack and block moves. When you put the console into Street Pass mode and encounter another pirate, you’ll fight using those move. When you go back to your console you’ll be able to watch the fights and see who won. All your fights are tracked so you can see how many times you’ve won or lost. You start off with a default pirate, but you can use play coins to unlock new characters to use in Street Pass play. These characters include favorites like Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones and even Blackbeard.


4. One of my favorite details I've seen in videos of game play is Jack Sparrow's walk. How long did it take to get that movement just right?

Along with those brilliant programmers I mentioned earlier, we’re also lucky enough to have a team of quite fantastic animators, who are now well versed in the LEGO style. Their eye for caricature, sense of humour and attention to detail make every new character a delight. Jack Sparrow is certainly a highlight. He has hundreds of different individual animations, but his basic walk, which so many people have enjoyed so much, took only a couple of days… backed up by years upon years of training and experience!


5. What's next for the LEGO series? I see LEGO already makes products for other Disney titles like Cars, Toy Story, and Prince of Persia. Any chance we could see those get the video game treatment?

In a LEGO world, anything is possible! We certainly have exciting plans for the future, and we look forward to revealing them in due course…


Game Overview:


LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is an action adventure game bringing to life the Pirates of the Caribbean world and all its colorful characters in LEGO brick form. Players will experience all the memorable scenes from the first three films, as well as those in the upcoming fourth film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," in the humorous and quirky LEGO video games style.


Key Features:

Exploration – Players will explore familiar locations filled with interactive LEGO objects and encounter more than 70 memorable and new characters while making their way through more than 20 levels


Combat – The LEGO Caribbean is full of danger! Intense sword fighting moves give the LEGO mini figure a brand new pirate flavor


Unforgettable Cut Scenes – Everyone’s favorite scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean films are re-rendered with LEGO minifigures, in the humorous style synonymous with LEGO video games

Puzzles – Players will need all their pirate cunning to find the hidden LEGO treasures and discover the game’s many secrets


Two-Player Co-op – Players can join a friend or family member in the same room for two-player "drop-in/drop-out" cooperative action


Freeplay – Building a collection of characters throughout the game, players can then use their distinctive abilities to gain access to previously unavailable areas


GAME PUBLISHER: Disney Interactive Studios


GENRE: Action Adventure Game

RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2011

PLAYERS: Single Player and two-player co-op on same system (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Games For Windows – LIVE and Wii)


GAME PLATFORM: Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3, Wii™, Games For Windows – LIVE, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™,Sony PSP® (PlayStation®Portable).


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